“What we are seeing unfortunately is ... a growing crisis, particularly in the informal settlements. So roughly a billion people now worldwide live in slum conditions, 1.6 billion live in inadequate or substandard housing. And so take all the risks of COVID, and it’s that much worse for almost a quarter of our world,” Reckford said in an interview with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar.
In the wide-ranging interview, Reckford also addressed how long-term housing trends will be affected by the pandemic shock, as well as implications for international NGOs and the global development community.
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